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5 Interesting Facts about Castles in Dublin

Malahide Castle

How to get there?

It's nice and easy to get there. You can take the DART (train) from any train station in the City Centre towards Malahide. Malahide is the last stop, get off there and the Castle is about a 15 minute walk from the station. There's a lovely park around the Castle as well which is well worth exploring.


Interesting Fact

Do you enjoy a good ghost story? If so, Malahide Castle won't disappoint you!


The story goes that the Castle is still haunted by its jester, the Puck (a Puck is an evil spirit or demon) of Malahide. The Puck had fallen in love with a prisoner, Lady Elenora Fitzgerald. He was mysteriously stabbed to death outside the castle days later, and with his last breath, vowed to haunt the castle forever. Say hi to him when you visit!


Swords Castle

How to get there?

From Gardiner Street Lower you can take the 33,41, 41B or 41C to Main Street in Swords (it will take around 50 minutes to get there). From Main Street it is just a 1 minute walk to the Castle.


Interesting Fact

This Castle may not be the most spectacular Castle we have here in Dublin but it has a lot of rich history. It was built as a home for the First Anglo-Norman Archbishop of Dublin, John Comyn in 1200. Many many battles took place inside and outside the walls of the Castle, so if you like your history it could be well worth a visit! Also, the TV series 'The Tudors' was filmed here.


Drimnagh Castle

How to get there?

From O'Connell Street Upper take the 123 Bus to Balfe Road (stop 2102). Get off the bus here and walk 7 minutes to the Castle grounds.


Interesting Fact

This Castle is the only castle in Ireland that still has a functioning moat around it. Pretty cool!


Ardgillan Castle

How to get there?

This Castle is quite tricky to reach using public transport. If you don't have a car or can't rent a car then I would recommend taking a train from Connolly Station to Skerries. From Skerries you could take a taxi to the Castle (it should cost you around €15). It's not ideal but if you can share the taxi with a few others then it doesn't work out too expensive. The total journey time will be around 1 hour. The Castle grounds are beautiful and is well worth the visit in my opinion.


Interesting Fact

Another spooky story and another unfortunate death! The Castle is haunted by a ghost called the 'Waiting Lady'. Apparently she witnessed her husband drowning at sea and now she haunts the castle waiting for him to return home.


Howth Castle

How to get there?

You can take the H3 Bus from Abbey Street in the City Centre to Howth Castle (stop 555). It's about a 5 minute walk from the bus stop. There's beautiful walks around the grounds and Howth in general is a lovely spot.


Interesting Fact

Grainne O'Malley was a famous Irish pirate. In 1576 she tried to visit the castle but was told that the family were having dinner and she was refused entry. In retaliation, O'Malley kidnapped the grandson and heir of the family. He was released on condition that the gates would always stay open to unexpected visitors and that an extra plate for every meal would be set out. They say the agreement still exists to this day but I've never had a free dinner in the Castle!




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